The US has issued hundreds of thousands of visas to foreigners, many of them from countries like India, Bangladesh and Vietnam, as the country prepares to leave the Paris climate accord.
The latest batch of visas, issued by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), came on Monday.
The Department of State has also issued thousands of new visas for people with temporary or temporary work permits, which were issued on Monday, Reuters news agency reported.
The visa categories include those for those who want to work in the US and those for the family, business and other categories.
The department’s latest announcement was the first time it has given such a wide range of visa categories.
It said the new categories include students, business people, teachers, and other professionals.
“We have increased the number of green cards for people in these categories, and we are going to increase that number as well,” Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said at a press conference on Monday afternoon.
The US is expected to formally leave the deal next week.
The Paris Agreement, a global accord to limit warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.6 degrees Fahrenheit) above pre-industrial levels, was signed in December 2015 by more than 190 countries.
The US, the largest emitter of greenhouse gases, has said it will exit the deal, as well as others in the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the World Trade Organisation and the European Union.
But some US politicians, including President Donald Trump, have questioned the decision, saying it will make it harder for the US to meet its international obligations.